News: Friday, Feb 1, 2013

February 2                     PV Ice Skating Party
February 5                     Project Cornerstone Reader Training
February 6                     Carpool/Commute Pool to School Day
February 6                     PTA Coffee Social/Site Council Meeting
February 8                     PTA Board Meeting
February 8                     Family Movie Night
February 15                   No School
February 18                   No School
February 26                   Dining for Dollars, Celias Mexican                                                 Restaurant
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Palo Verde Auction – Rockin’ the 80’s

March 23rd, 2013 is the date to book your babysitter so you can attend Palo Verde’s spring social and auction. Whether you were a card carrying Duran Duran fan club member or really into the Hair Metal scene, this year’s event is sure to bring back good memories of the 80’s with fun music and gourmet food at Ming’s Restaurant in Palo Alto.  This event is your opportunity for an adult evening of fun and entertainment and a great chance to reminisce with other Palo Verde parents over food, drink, and music; all while doing something great for Palo Verde kids and staff.
Look for your invitation and a detailed catalog of items soon.

To join the team creating this event, please contact the auction co-chairs, Victoria Liu and Kim Lau (yannicklau at yahoo dot com).

Call out for Auction Donations

In line with our 80s theme, the auction team is pulling together a rocking’ selection of totally tubular and bodaciously cool items for your bidding fun and it would be even more rad to add your donation of:
  • Vacation Getaways: a few nights at a beach house, ski chalet or a time share report, etc.
  • Experiences: Sailing or fishing, golf at a private clubs, etc.
  • Music, Cultural or Sports: tickets, back-stages passes or tours.
  • Your Special Talents or Services: fitness training, technical support, skateboard lessons, Cooking – share your skills!
Wanted: Parties and EventsRe-live the 80s in your own backyard by donating an auction party.  80’s themed or not, parties for kids, adults or families are some of the most popular items the auction. Today is your chance to step up and host one of those parties!

Contact Callie Turk and Rebecca Thompson to donate a party, event or item to this year’s auction. Deadline is February 8th.
Thank You To The Tree Planting Crew
Thank you to the more than 75 Palo Verde student and parent volunteers who spent a chilly but beautiful morning planting Southern Live Oak, Shumard Oak, Silver Linden, and Persian Ironwood trees at school on Saturday, January 12th. Palo Verde looks amazing with the addition of 16 new trees! Thanks also to Principal Anne Brown, the PAUSD landscaping crew, the City of Palo Alto, and Canopy for their collaboration and hard work on this project. Let’s all take care of the new trees and enjoy watching them grow and flourish for years to come.
Dining For Dollars
Join Palo Verde Families at Celias Mexican Restaurant for a flavorful fund raising event! Just bring the flyer that will be provided in your Friday folder the week before and give it to your server and 20% of your check will be donated back to our school! This includes dine in, carry out and all beverages. The offer is good all day Tuesday February 26th grab some friends for lunch or take your whole family for dinner.
Celias Mexican Restaurant, 3740 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA



From Last Week


Girl Scout Troop 61623 Towel Drive  

As part of their service project for the Agent of Change Journey, the girl scout troop 61623, is currently collecting old towels of all sizes and washcloths to donate to the Humane Society for the ongoing care of its over 1000 rescued animals. The towels can be of any condition .. stains and holes are ok! Old blankets are also welcome. The collection boxes are near the lost and found rack at Palo Verde. The collection will go through February 1st. Your donation will help the homeless animals.

Please help by donating !!
Esha Junnarkar (Room #20)

Jenna Nativ (Room #18)

Room 5 Achieved the eScrip Challenge! Register by 2/15.
Congratulations to Mrs. Rice’s Room 5 for achieving the eScrip Challenge! With 75% of families registered for eScrip, each student in Room 5 will receive their “brag bag” prize in the coming weeks. Every class that achieves 75% participation in the eScrip program by February 15th will be a winner, so register soon! Please visit TODAY to sign up, so your child’s class can meet the goal. The group number for the Palo Verde is 137331259.
Carpool to School Day, Feb 6
Carpool to school to save gas and time, make friends, and reduce pollution.  Carpool to school to:
  • Save time and money by sharing transportation responsibilities
  • Decrease traffic congestion around your school by reducing the number of single family occupied cars
  • Build community by introducing neighbors
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Join other students carpooling to school on February 6, 2013!

If you walk or bicycle to school, you can set up a rainy day carpool in advance so you can get to school while staying dry!

Carpool to School Website Coming on Feb 6

The traffic safety team is pleased to announce that Palo Verde is becoming part of an increasing network of carpoolers. On February 6, the carpool to school day, we will have access to our own web portal which we can use to arrange carpools/walk and bike groups with other Palo Verde families not just to school but to other extra curricular activities.
Some of the highlights of the site are
1) Site access is free for Palo Verde’s enrolled families
2) It is secure; the traffic safety team comprising of Anjani Sarma and Silvie Pierce will approve requests for access to the site by cross-referencing users with this year’s school directory . Only currently enrolled families will be provided with access to the site.
3) The site is very easy to use and the built in features like the interactive map,calendar, text-messaging enable you to find out carpoolers who live near you and who want to commute pool to the same activities as you.

Please check next week’s Friday folders for more information on how to sign up and use the site.

And remember Wednesday February 6, is our Carpool/Commute Pool to School Day. Please share a ride to school or walk/bike to school. It is good for the environment and more importantly, it is good for you.

Volunteering at Lunchtime

Thank you for the 14 moms, one dad and one grandma who came to help at lunchtime this school year. We truly appreciate your time and commitment.

We hope more parents can volunteer in 2013 and help us have more caring adults present at lunch recess.
The sign-up sheet for the rest of the school year is up. Please click on the link below and sign up for one day per week, per month or even once. Your child will notice your involvement.

If you have any question, please contact Katie Renati at or (650) 520-0750      .

Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone
How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook.
Our dates are: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.